You know the rules. Vote below for the local yokel you feel is the biggest ass of the week.
And the nominees...
1. Michael "Missouri Mike" Morgan -- Morgan of Hannibal, Mo., was one of five Missouri men charged Wednesday in a multi-state crackdown on dog fighting. Morgan earns his Ass Clown of the Week nomination based not only on the indictment that alleges he oversaw the bloody death of multiple canines but also the colorful name he used for his dog-fighting operation, calling it Cannibal Kennel. (Other Missouri breeders not nominated for ACW honors, but worthy of mention, include the owners of Shake Rattle and Roll Kennel, Ozark Hillbillys Kennel and Hard Goodbye Kennel.)
2. Aaron LaRose -- The St. Charles man accused this week of stabbing and strangling to death his wife, Jill LaRose, who was trying to divorce her husband. Prior to the discovery of his wife's body last month, LaRose had left her a voice mail message reminding her that their marriage vows stated "till death do us part." Jil LaRose's family says LaRose didn't want a divorce because it was against his Christian beliefs.
3. Markel L. Davis -- The St. Louis teenager charged this week with leading police on a multi-municipality chase in a stolen vehicle. The pursuit ended when Davis drove through an intersection in north St. Louis and slammed into a car driven by Erick Russell. Russell, 24, died on the scene.
4. Joe Washington -- President of the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District, Washington and his fellow board member, Robert Edwards, serve as front men for Elbert Walton Jr., the fire district's attorney who billed the agency a whopping $227,925 in legal fees last year. In the past week or so Washington and Edwards have ousted a dissenting board member from the district and banned residents from attending meetings when they question the board's actions. They've also been sued by the state's attorney general and state auditor for violating Sunshine Law and failing to hand over financial records.
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